Ratcheting Up a Popular Franchise
Insomniac Games, an independent game developer, delivered Sony's only must-have launch game last year for PlayStation 3, the Mature-rated shooter Resistance: Fall of Man. This year, the developer proves again that it knows how to push Sony's new console with the visually stunning Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
The vibrant worlds come to life, transporting you to breathtaking planets that feature trains and flying cars. One planet brings prehistoric creatures into the mix (in the air and on land), which makes for a nice contrast to the sci-fi weapons and gadgets our heroes use.
Ratchet, the adventurous, catlike alien of the lombax species (he's the last surviving member, which is part of this story's plot), and his little metallic robot buddy, Clank (who gets his own story involving a mysterious race called the Zonis), are back in fine form. The franchise has always been about customized gameplay. Once again, players can discover and purchase an assortment of very cool (and often funny) weapons and gadgets to help them ward off the assorted enemies that inhabit the planets they visit. Weapons that stand out include the Groovitron (which makes enemies line-dance to disco music, turning them into easy cannon fodder), the Transmorpher (which turns enemies into penguins) and the Nano-Swarmers (beehives that explode and swarm enemies).
There's a never-ending arsenal to play with, and gamers can pick weapons and even upgrade them. As Ratchet & Clank fight evil emperor Percival Tachyon, they discover more about themselves. The game is filled with humor, but the characters have grown up, which isn't a bad thing, as most gamers have grown up playing these games. In addition to being the best-looking PS3 game on the market, Tools of Destruction includes several modes, including beautiful space battles and challenging mini-games. The end result is the best game in the franchise to date.
-- John Gaudiosi
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Everyone 10+; PlayStation 3 ($60) Sony/Insomniac Games Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Everyone 10+; PlayStation 3 ($60) Sony/Insomniac Games